The Canadiens used their first-round selection in the 2021 NHL draft against a player who admitted sexual misconduct in Sweden last year.
Montreal selected the London Knights defender Logan Mailloux with the 31st overall victory. Mailloux, 18, was fined by a Swedish court last December for having a woman photographed without her consent while she was engaged in sex and then shared with teammates. Mailloux was playing in Sweden when he was loaned out by the Knights.
His actions prompted more than 10 teams to remove Mailloux from their draft boards, reported The Athletic and Mailloux said in a statement this week that he declined from this year’s conscription, which meant nothing as he was still eligible for conscription stayed, per NHL. He told the Daily Faceoff that he made a “stupid, childish mistake” in his actions.
The Canadiens released a statement after the hockey world in anticipation of the negative reaction from the hockey world Selection:
“By creating the potential Logan Mailloux with the 31st. The Montreal Canadiens organization has selected not only a promising hockey player, but also a young man who recently admitted to making a serious mistake. The Canadiens are aware of the situation and are in no way minimizing the severity of Logan’s actions. Logan understands the implications of his actions.. His The latest public statement is a real recognition of his bad behavior and the first step on his personal journey.
We are committed to accompanying Logan on his journey, inde m we give him the tools to mature and the necessary support to guide him in his development op. We also strive to sensitize our players to the effects of their actions on the lives of others. ”
Canadien’s General Manager Marc Bergevin told reporters that the organization will work with and support Mailloux to make sure nothing similar happens.
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” We understand and we are fully aware and we as an organization are very unacceptable, but it is also a young man who has made a terrible fe hler, “said Bergevin. “He is (18) years old and he is willing and he understands and he is remorseful and he has a lot to do but he has already started to move on and have a career in hockey.”
The victim, however, told The Athletic for a story this week that Mailloux did not appear sincere during several apology attempts.
” Everyone I wanted a sincere apology for his behavior, “she told The Athletic.
The Canadiens face a different PR problem with Bergevin. He was director of the Blackhawks’ player staff in 2010 when sexual assault allegations were made against then-video coach Brad Aldrich. Bergevin told reporters ahead of the Stanley Cup final that he was unaware of the alleged activities or a meeting of the organizing team to discuss Aldrich.
“It came out recently that I heard there was a meeting in Chicago, I wasn’t involved in any meeting, and I wasn’t involved in any decision based on it,” Bergevin told reporters . “And I wasn’t aware anything was going on at the time. So you can put it on record.”
Aldrich left the organization shortly after the Blackhawks won Stanley had Cup 2010. A is a former Blackhawks player now the team is suing , claiming Aldrich attacked him and another player during the playoffs that year. The ex-player is demanding more than $ 150,000 in damages.